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Food hamper and gift assistance

Christmas is meant to be a time of celebration and joy, but if times are tough it can be challenging and isolating.

Every year, local Salvation Army centres and churches give hope to individuals and families in need by providing food hampers and gift assistance. Christmas hampers are prepared with care using donated goods and shared with those in the community who have fallen on tough times and during the Christmas season.

We want you to experience comfort and joy this Christmas. If you are unsure if you have enough food for Christmas, or you don’t know how you will afford presents for your kids, please contact your local Salvation Army. COVID-19 and other challenging circumstances may have you facing unexpected financial difficulties. We are committed to giving you non-judgemental and confidential support to help you through this season.

You may be eligible for support this Christmas. To find out how we can help, reach out to your local Salvos.

If you require other support or help you can contact your local Salvos or the Salvos Assistance Line on 1300 371 288. We offer emergency food hampers throughout the year and other assistance programs.


Frequently asked questions

Here at the Salvos, we want to help anyone in need. If the thought of spending money at Christmas is causing you stress and you are unsure how you will afford gifts for your children, please contact us. We have financial counselling programs to help you with budgeting and can see if you are eligible for a Christmas food hamper or gift assistance.

Whenever possible, we want to give parents the dignity of choosing gifts for their own child among the donations. We do not wrap gifts for this reason. We also sometimes have gift vouchers so parents can experience the joy of shopping for their child.

We try to distribute our food hampers and gifts before Christmas, so families are ready to celebrate Christmas Day. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can help take the stress out of Christmas for you.

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Elders and acknowledge their continuing relationship to this land and the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and protecting them from harm.

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